Songs in your head

Did you ever have a song that is stuck in your head?  I have had two that have been in mine for 40 years.  Not always right there on the surface but never too deep either.  The kind of tune that you find yourself humming absentmindedly.

Both of these were songs I had to learn as a kid playing the clarinet.  The first one is Fireworks Music by Handel.  More specifically Music for the Royal Fireworks Minuet 1, a great big grand sounding piece that fills every nook and corner of my skull.  I am forever humming this one.

The second one while also a clarinet memory was not a happy experience.  My mom entered me into the annual music festival one year.  Festival by name, competition in reality.  The piece we had to play that year was Air and Courante.  You will find it as Courante in E Minor by Jean-Baptiste Lully.  Not my best day.

Despite hating the day I actually grew quite fond of the melody.  I continued to play it in the following years during the odd times I picked up the clarinet again.  It’s been 20 years since I last played.  I thought it might be nice on guitar and yes indeed, it sure it.


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